|Tooting for Significators!|
There were a couple of solid reasons why people didn't use significators:
Reason 1: If you use a significator, it removes that card from the deck and so it can't arise within the main body of the reading.
My reply: And? When ANY card turns up in a spread, it precludes it from turning up in any other position in that spread, doesn't it? *kind and conciliatory face* Why not just have a separate set of gorgeous court cards to work along side your working deck? Then you allow for all the courts to turn up in the actual reading :-)
But no, you still weren't buying into the idea....
Reason 2: A significator is soooooooooo old-fashioned!
My reply: It sure is. But it's a great way of settling your mind to the task in hand and taking your client INTO the reading with you and, for me, that's an important part of the ritual.
Nope, you were still shaking your head and looking apologetically at the floor......
And then, when I was out tramping through the woods with the dog, a moment of insight! Yes, JEN-YOU-INE enlightenment, dear reader!!
Significators aren't old-fashioned at all!
You do use them......
Every single day.......
On Facebook, Twitter, forums (forii?!), your blog.... anywhere that you have an on-line presence.... you DO use significators because.....
A SIGNIFICATOR IS AN AVATAR!!!!
You select an image of yourself that you want to present to that community, don't you? Whether it's a photo of yourself or a witty kitten image, you choose it to convey something ESSENTIAL about you to that community.
That's exactly what a significator does.
You and your client select a card that best conveys something essential about the sitter and the situation in which they find themselves. In effect, you create an avatar of your sitter.
And the secret sauce? Your interpretations of court cards will go through the ROOF if you start working with them consciously, as avatars.
My session on Court Cards at the UK Tarot Conference next month focuses on the CONSCIOUS use of Court Cards.
And that's it *shrugs*
That's my bright idea.
And it cost me a friendship to be able to tell you that. More of which at a later date, I suspect.